Professor Richard L. Rogers, Professor of Accounting for the Kelley School of Business the past 30 years, died peacefully in his home August 2, 2011. He was 61 years old. Rich was born December 8, 1949, the son of Edwin and Mary H. Rogers.
Rich had a strong commitment to education. He earned his B.S. from Rider University (1974), M.B.A. from Lehigh University (1977), and his Ph.D from Penn State University (1981).
Rich started his academic career with Indiana University at the Kelley School of Business Bloomington, and five years later he transferred to Kelley Indianapolis. Never leaving the IU family, Rich loved and excelled in both in-class learning and online teaching. Earning the respect of his colleagues, peers, and students, Rich received many teaching awards for undergraduate, graduate, and distance education teaching.
Colleagues who worked closely with Rich over the past 30 years described him as the consummate “professional educator” who had an immense impact on the growth of the Kelley Indianapolis accounting programs. He also helped launch the Kelley Direct online MBA program and continually sought to enhance course offerings to students.
Rich is survived by his mother Mary H. Rogers, wife Teggie Rogers, sister Nancy and her husband Edward Lawrence, son David and his wife McKenze, and daughter Becky. Rich loved traveling with his family - from Cincinnati to catch a Reds Game to Amsterdam to admire the Van Gogh Museum. Enjoying company, conversation, and learning from all, he was a true family man in his professional and personal life. Friends describe him as the kindest, gentlest, and warmest of men.